Posing in the Name of God
Many religious individuals use the name of God, or the will of God for their actions, whether for daily life, rituals, or special events. But could you call horrendous acts of violence a will of God’s? I believe that groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram twist religion around to justify their actions, such as the leader of Boko Haram states, “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions” in the article that BBC published. When extremists’ use the name of God for such actions, many people are not attracted to religion, because one may think that religion can be so dehumanizing and has the capability to turn humans into monsters, or be very antagonistic. But this can be misleading, as Pope Francis describes people who twist up the meaning of religion as “An authentic religious spirit is being perverted by extremist groups” in Huffington Post, religion is supposed not used with the intent to destroy and suppress people but to accept with love and respect with one another, and to also develop morals and values with their character. Pope Francis talks about a “precious gift” which is the “mutual respect between Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians” and representing “today’s world”. But people who use religion to justify their own crimes destroy this respect amongst the three religions that humanity has built up through time and create more tension between them. It is important for future generations to grow and learn that religion should not be used for acts of violence and heinous crimes, but to learn that religion should be shared amongst people who do not know religion and how it can create a new loving world.
-DL #uwreligions #uofc